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Intermediate English Grammar (B2)

Phrases with "as ... as"

Watch four videos using phrases with "as .. as" in conversation.

Conversation 1

Man: Can I use your bicycle? My car is in the shop.
Woman: Sure, come and get it whenever you want.
Man: Can I use it for a week?
Woman: Of course! Use it as long as you like.
Man: Great. As soon as my car is fixed, I'll return it.
Woman: No rush. Like I said, keep it as long as you like. I never use it.

Conversation 2

Man: Boss, can I leave early today? I want to leave because I want to beat the traffic.
Woman: I suppose, as long as your work is done.
Man: It is, unless you have more work for me to do.
Woman: As far as I know, that is all we have to do today.
Man: Great, then can I leave now?
Woman: I don't see why not. Have a good weekend.
Man: Thanks, you too.

Conversation 3

Man: This weather is so nice.
Woman: I know. This is as good as it gets.
Man: Wow, will the weather be like this all week?
Woman: As far as I know.
Man: I could stay here all night.
Woman: I could too, as long as there aren't too many bugs.
Man: Actually, there are some at dusk. They come out as soon as the sun starts to set.
Woman: Well, as long as there are not too many, I'm happy.

Conversation 4

Man: This pasta is so good. Can I have some more?
Woman: Yes, have as much as you like.
Man: Thank you. I rarely get home-cooked food like this.
Woman: Well, to be honest, I don't invite people over as often as I should.
Man: Well, regardless, I appreciate you having me over.
Woman: Thanks. In the future, I'll try to have you over as much as I can.
Man: Thanks. I'd appreciate that.

Phrases with As — As

Point 1: There are some common phrases in English that use the words ‘as — as’ to express specific feelings.
  1. Stay as long as you like.
  2. You will pass as long as you study.
  3. This is as good as it gets.
  4. Call me as soon as you can.
  5. Have as much as you like.
Point 2: The phrase ‘as long as’ is also a conjunction and is similar to the word ‘if’ because it states a condition.
  1. We will arrive on time as long as there is no traffic.
  2. You can come as long as you help with expenses.
  3. I will help you as long as you try your best.
  4. We will play as long as it does not rain.
Point 3: The phrase ‘as long as' can be a time phrase and mean there is no time limit for something.
  1. You can stay here as long as you like.
  2. I can work at my job as long as I want.
  3. She can use my car as long as she wants.
  4. On Saturday, I can sleep in as long as my heart desires.
Point 4: The phrase ‘as good as it gets’ means the conditions for something is perfect or cannot be improved.
  1. Life at the beach is as good as it gets.
  2. College life is as good as it gets.
  3. A day on the ski slopes is as good as it gets.
  4. Growing up on a farm was as good as it gets.
Point 5: The words ‘as soon as’ refer to something that happened or should happen immediately.
  1. Call me as soon as you get home.
  2. Mail this as soon as possible.
  3. I will ask him as soon as I get home.
  4. They will tell you the results as soon as they make a decision.

We often use the acronym ASAP for as soon as possible. Notice the example below.

  • I need this ASAP.
  • I will do it ASAP.
Point 6: The phrases ‘as much/many as’ refer to the quantity of actions or items.
  1. Try to do as much as you can.
  2. You can eat as many cookies as you like.
  3. I try to save as much as I can.
  4. She can borrow as many books as she likes.
Point 7: The phrase ‘as far as I know’ means someone thinks something is true, but they could be wrong.
  1. As far as I know, Bill is coming tonight.
  2. As far as I know, the meeting is not canceled.
  3. The party, as far as I know, ends at midnight.
  4. Jim, as far as I know, is still in charge.
Point 7: The phrase ‘as much as I'd like to --’ is a polite phrase said before declining an offer or request.
  1. As much as I'd like to help you, I can't this week.
  2. As much as I'd like to lend you money, I can't right now.
  3. As much as I'd like to attend the party, I can't.
  4. As much as I'd like to do this, I just can't.
Answer these questions about the interview.


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B2-07 Get used to
You’ll get used to it.

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B2-08 As -- As Comparatives
It is not as fun as my last job

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B2-09 As - As Phrases
Keep it as long as you like.

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B2-10 Frequency Phrases
I go there once in a blue moon.

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